By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Chrystal Whitt of Slaughter of the Sheep

C. Peter Wagner, founder of the New Apostolic Reformation and the Wagner Leadership Institute, has introduced a heresy to the church that is growing at an alarming rate.  Whereas before, the proponents of the NAR were looked at as being on the fringe of Charismania, they have now swiftly gained inroads into churches, and even politics, and are now beginning to go mainstream.  But, Wagner didn’t do this alone.  Wagner had many self-serving false prophets and false apostles who were more than willing to help him spread this poison.

Wagner’s plan for the church can be summed up in two words… “Dominion Mandate.”  In Wagner’s own words, this mandate consists of:

“My point is that we’re in the second apostolic age, and, and, the government of the church must be in place with apostles and prophets.  Which brings us to the ‘Dominion Mandate.’  Now, first of all, I want to point out two words… dominion and mandate.”

(C. Peter Wagner.  Freedom!  Freedom!  Freedom! conference.  Sonrise Chapel, Everett, Washington.  November 2-4, 2006.)

These apostles and prophets are a group of men and women who form the elite inner circle of the NAR; the “super christians” who are so “holy,” they will one day achieve immortality.

Gaining immortality while in sinful flesh would be a magnificent feat, to say the least.  But how do the NAR super apostles propose to do this?  Well, if you look at it Scripturally, there is only one way.  Only diety, angels, or demons, etc., are immortal.  Since we know the NAR super apostles aren’t and never will be literal angels or demons, that leads to only one more possible way.  They must be gods, or little gods.  Sound familiar?  The little god doctrine may not be affirmed publicly by all of the NAR (as of yet), but the concept and doctrine is there.  It’s the same lie that goes all the way back to Eden when the serpent tempted Eve by saying:

Genesis 3:4-5:

4 And the serpent said to the woman, “You surely shall not die!
5 “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The same lie that tempted man and effectively caused him to fall in the beginning still works today.  The serpent is slick, sure, but this is still the same old lie he has always used.  Why change your tactics when the old one still works so well?

So, how do you become an apostle or prophet in the NAR?  You have to be confirmed as an apostle or prophet by…. the NAR’s apostles and prophets.  Only they can recognize you as such.  This elitism then divides the church into the “haves” and “have nots.”  Those who have the power and those who don’t.  The ”have nots” in the church must submit to the authority of the “haves” – the elite ones, the super christians – the apostles and prophets.

The following quote from Wagner is taken from an article written by Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason Ministries:

Wagner states, “The New Apostolic Reformation is an extraordinary work of God at the close of the twentieth century that is, to a significant extent, changing the shape of Protestant Christianity around the world,” Wagner explains. “For almost five hundred years, Christian churches have largely functioned within traditional denominational structures of one kind or another…

The apostles bring spiritual government to the pastors of the city so that the pastors of the city can do the job that God has given them in a much more effective way. The only thing is that the pastors of the city have to recognize the existence of apostles and be willing to acknowledge their governmental role. This hasn’t happened too much yet.

The only way this can possibly play itself out would be by the other people in the city recognizing that the apostle will add value to their own ministry. If this does not happen, change will not occur,” explains Wagner.

The whole idea of recognizing the gift and role of an apostle is a really big change in the way we see church. The one thing that has surprised me is the lack of opposition to this. I haven’t seen an awful lot of criticism or opposition to it as has developed over other issues.” (Arise Magazine Article: New Apostolic Reformation, Posted September 1, 2000)  (Source)

Wagner hasn’t seen a lot of opposition to this?  That’s because sheep are willingly being led to the slaughter.

Think of the implications of this.  Those of you who read this blog know the importance the Scriptures place on discernment.  What would it be like if the NAR took over the entire church at large?  Suppose a false prophet or apostle gives a supposed word from God – the discerning church would have no choice but to reject it.  However, there is no room for that in Wagner’s “Dominion Mandate,” because the church has to submit to the apostles and prophets without question.  If that sounds like a cult, that’s because it is.

“The word mandate, you gotta understand, mandate means an authoritative order or command.  It doesn’t mean a good idea, it doesn’t mean a suggestion; it means an authoritative order.  Dominion has to do with control.  Dominion has to do with rulership.  Dominion has to do with authority and subduing, and it relates to society…..”

(C. Peter Wagner.  Freedom!  Freedom!  Freedom! conference.  Sonrise Chapel, Everett, Washington.  November 2-4, 2006.)

Now, what is all of this going to accomplish?  According to the NAR, it is to bring about Christ’s second coming.  According to latter rain theology, these super apostles and prophets will become immortal, will subdue the earth through the seven mountain mandate, or the seven spheres of influence, will conquer the enemies of God (anyone who opposes the NAR) through spiritual mapping/spiritual warfare, and will eventually take over the earth.  Once the earth has been completely conquered, then Jesus can come.  Until then, He is being held in Heaven.  Once man perfects this world, Jesus can come and man will lay the earth at His feet.  Take out your magic eraser and eradicate the book of Revelation, Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah… in fact, erase it all.  You can’t hold to any of it anyway if you follow this doctrine.

This is a warning that I am giving more loudly and clearly than any I’ve ever given.  Keep your eyes and ears open!  This thing has not only gained traction, but is spreading like a cancer.  Watch and pray, friends.  It’s getting darker by the minute!

To hear C. Peter Wagner in his own words, please watch the video below.

The original appears with a comments section here.

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